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Can you name the top 30 documentaries of all time according to a 2014 industry poll by the British Film Institute?

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RankDocumentaryYear (Country): Description
11929 (USSR): A man travels around a city with a camera slung over his shoulder, documenting urban life with dazzling invention.
21985 (France): Claude Lanzmann's epic documentary recounts the story of the Holocaust through interviews with witnesses - perpetrators as well as survivors.
31982 (France): A woman narrates the thoughts of a world traveler, meditations on time and memory expressed in words and images from far-flung places.
41955 (France): The history of Nazi Germany's death camps, of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside.
51989 (USA): A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas.
61961 (France): Individuals discuss topics on society and working class happiness, among others, and filmmakers create fictional moments based on their interviews.
71922 (USA): Film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of an Inuit and his family living in the Arctic Circle.
82000 (France): An intimate, picaresque inquiry into French life as lived by the country's poor and its provident, as well as by the film's own director, Agnes Varda.
91967 (USA): Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan.
10 (Tied with 9)1975 (USA): An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, live eccentric lives in a filthy mansion in East Hampton.
111969 (Swiss): A German officer, Nazi collaborators, and French resistance fighters discuss the French Vichy government's collaboration with Nazi Germany, 1940-1944.
122005 (USA): A devastating take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska.
13 (Tied with 12)1933 (Spain): A surrealistic portrait of Las Hurdes, a remote region of Spain where civilization has barely developed, showing how local peasants try to survive.
14 (Tied with 12)2010 (Chile/Spain/France/Germany/USA): In Chile's Atacama Desert, astronomers peer deep into the cosmos in search for answers concerning the origins of life.
151975 (France/Iran): Elmyr de Hory's recounting of his career as a professional art forger, which is the backdrop for investigating the natures of authorship and authenticity.
16 (Tied with 15)1964-(UK): Has followed the lives of fourteen British children since 1964, when they were seven years old. So far it has had eight episodes spanning 49 years.
171994 (USA): A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.
18 (Tied with 17)2002 (China): The impact of the decline of heavy industry on workers and their families in the Tiexi district of Shenyang, China, at the turn of the 21st century.
192012 (Denmark): Former Indonesian death-squad leaders reenact their mass-killings in various cinematic genres, including Hollywood crime scenarios and musical numbers.
20 (Tied with 19)1975-78 (Chile/Cuba): Story of the political tension in Chile in 1973 and of the violent counter-revolution against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende.
21 (Tied with 19)1963 (Iran): Set in a leper colony in the north of Iran, the film juxtaposes the 'ugliness' of the world with religion and gratitude.
22 (Tied with 19)1942 (UK): A depiction of life in wartime England during the Second World War, showing aspects of civilian life and the turmoil and privation caused by the war, without narration.
231987 (Japan): Follows Kenzo Okuzaki, a 62-year-old WW2 veteran who protested against Emperor Hirohito, as he tries to expose the needless executions of two Japanese soldiers.
241976 (USA): Barbara Kopple's account of the 1974 strike of Kentucky mine workers against the Eastover Mining Co. from the perspective of 180 families.
25 (Tied with 24)1998 (France): Jean-Luc Godard's 8-part decade-long project, completed in 1998, examines the history of the concept of cinema and how it relates to the 20th century.
26 (Tied with 24)1968 (USA): 4 door-to-door salesmen deal with constant rejection, homesickness and burnout as they travel the country selling expensive bibles to low-income Catholics.
271967 (USA): Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman takes us inside the Massachusetts Correctional Institution Bridgewater where people stay trapped in their madness.
282003 (USA): Story of a typical, upper-middleclass Jewish family whose world is transformed when the father and youngest son are charged with horrible crimes.
29 (Tied with 28)1970 (USA): A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.
302012 (France): A documentary shot in the North Atlantic and focused on the commercial fishing industry, capturing the collaborative clash of man, nature, and machine.

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